Seismo-At-School in Nepal

Crowdsourcing

In developed countries, crowdsourcing is a new tool in seismology. For example, the intensified use of the internet (e.g. Twitter) – or in high-damage areas, the collapse of the mobile phone network – is used to map where the damage is largest and where people are most affected (e.g. Bossu et al. 2016; Meletti et al. 2016). In Nepal, the internet is not yet sufficiently widespread and rapid to follow such trends. However, crowdsourcing is conceivable with a network of cheap instruments installed in schools. The collected data will be merged into a public database, from which scientific studies can be done. There is no competition: whoever is able to produce useful, reviewed results with the data should publish it.

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